WORSHIP TIMES & COVID PROTOCOLS AT ST. JOHN
SATURDAY WORSHIP, 5:30 PM. | SUNDAY WORSHIP, 9:30 AM
NO COFFEE HOUR DUE TO COVID PROTOCOLS
*****8-27-21 UPDATED COVID PROTOCOLS: FROM PASTOR PAUL
PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS per St. John EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Out of an abundance of caution and with heartfelt care for all our friends and members, but especially the immunocompromised, the unvaccinated (particularly the children), and any who may otherwise be susceptible to COVID19/DELTA, the St. John Wellness Team, under the auspices of our St. John Council, has updated protocols moving forward for all worship and service at St. John, and, until further notice, has SUSPENDED WITH COFFEE/FELLOWSHIP before Sunday church and after funerals, CONTINUED WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, and MANDATED THE WEARING OF MASKS for all who gather to worship, study, and work at St. John. Let us do this selflessly for the sake of neighbor, and may we suffer this even joyfully in order to be the good neighbor - the love of Christ we proclaim and the person of Christ we follow insisting that his Word (and Way) become flesh in all of us, whatever cross may stand in our path.
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAW REVISION PROCESS
Since the Spring of 2021 a committee consisting of Pastor Paul, Vice President Duane Weisshaar, past presidents JoAnn Wagner and Rod Carlson, has been making revisions to the St. John Constitution and By Laws to bring them into agreement with the current ELCA Constitution and to update the By Laws to fit into that Constitution. The proposed changes to the Constitution were presented to the Church Council at the August 10, 2021, meeting and were approved to be presented for vote by the congregation at the next Annual Meeting. The proposed changes to the By Laws were presented at the September 24 and October 14, 2021, Council meetings and were discussed then. These changes also were approved to be presented to the congregation at the Annual Meeting. The Church Council has prepared plans to share these proposed changes with the congregation in advance of the Annual Meeting. Here is the schedule for these presentations:
**The revised Constitution will be handed out at worship services on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14. The same material will be on the St. John web site, www.stjohnlutheran.net and can be mailed to you upon request by calling the church office 605- 336-3253.
** The revised Constitution will be discussed after worship in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21.
** The same process will be followed for handing out the By Law revised recommendations on Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12. Copies can also be accessed through the web site or by calling the church office.
** The By Law discussion will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19 following worship services in the Fellowship Hall. The process for revising/amending the Constitution is contained in the Constitution itself in C17.02. It must be approved at a properly called meeting by majority vote of those present and voting. Then it must be ratified without change at the next annual meeting by a two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting. The process for revising/amending our By Laws is contained in our Constitution C16.02. They can be amended at any legally called meeting of the congregation by a two-thirds vote of those voting members present and voting.
As members of the ELCA, we have an important message to share and people are ready to hear it: We are saved by God's grace and God's grace alone.